Piano Concerto 1 & 2
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : いいえ
- 製品サイズ : 12.7 x 14.61 x 0.76 cm; 114.81 g
- メーカー : Chandos
- EAN : 0095115993521
- オリジナル盤発売日 : 2001
- SPARSコード : DDD
- レーベル : Chandos
- ASIN : B00005M0JR
- ディスク枚数 : 1
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Howard Shelley, piano - London Symphony Orchestra - Richard Hickox, direction
William Alwyn's early First Piano Concerto was written for his friend Clifford Curzon. It's a young man's music, brimming with large-scale ideas, some of which remind the listener that Alwyn went on to become a prolific composer of film scores. The Second Concerto is a mature work the composer abandoned after the premiere was derailed by the soloist's illness. This recording was its first performance, although Alwyn's widow had to fashion a replacement for the lost slow movement. It opens with an attention-getting burst of energetic power in the brass, gradually relaxing into a warm lyricism and progressing from there. Typical of Alwyn's music, it's brilliantly scored. Howard Shelley performs both concertos with all the requisite technical and tonal command to make them shine. Richard Hickox and the first-rate orchestra accompany him well, and they excel in the dancelike Overture to a Masque and the Elizabethan Dances, a lovely set of six dances bristling with spirit and easy on the ears. --Dan Davis
The concentrated first concerto opens with a very memorable neo-classical part, superbly scored and with a brilliantly bedazzling solo part. It develops into something much darker deeper and continues its absorbing journey into a stirringly reflective, almost acquiescent (serious, but not gloomy) conclusion. The second concerto is much more romantic and opens with fierce, vibrant drama colored by a wide range of moods and emotions; again the brilliant scoring would itself ensure that the concerto was a memorable experience, but it also sports very strong themes, a substantial and glittering solo part and a very coherent overall argument. The Overture to a Masque is another big-boned, romantically dramatic work whereas the Elizabethan Dances are wonderfully engaging and appealing light music.
The performances are superb, as anyone who has listened to Hickox's set of Alwyn symphonies would expect - brilliant, richly textured, powerful and spirited. Howard Shelley is his usual impressive self and offers a full-blooded, grandly romantic and ferocious takes on the solo parts. Add to that the excellent sound (big, spacious and with plenty of depth without becoming boomy), and you have a real winner of a disc - I have not heard the Donohoe/Judd versions on Naxos, but cannot really imagine that they (or any other performance) could possibly be significantly superior. A magnificent disc.